Description

Here's a build that will be used primarily for 1080p gaming, on a single monitor. Aesthetics were a priority too, so I went with a black and white theme and a CPU/GPU watercooling loop.

CPU
Perfect for my gaming needs. I'll be running with a light overclock initially, as I don't think a single 240 radiator will handle a great deal. Future overclocks may require a second radiator, which can be added to the front.

Motherboard
This was bought mainly for its thermal armour, or rather, the ability to paint it. I used Plastidip to paint the armour black, to match the theme. This is easily removable, if necessary. I also prefer Asus' BIOS/utilities over other manufacturers.

Memory
Quality RAM – mainly bought for the aesthetics, but is a solid choice regardless.

Storage
In my opinion, the M500 is currently the best price/performance SSD you can buy at the moment (especially with the higher capacity models). This is tucked away in the 2nd compartment of the case.

Video Card
I assume because of the new 970 & 980 cards being release, but I got this 770 for a very good price. About the same price as a GTX 660, for those of you not in the UK. It'll handle any games at 1080p, and so is fine for my needs - before I get any questions about not getting something like a 970!

Case
A great case for watercooling, and modding in general. Though I feel the price is a little steep. The case is completely DIY, but all assembly tools are supplied. This does make accessing the internals a bit of a pain, as it requires 4 hex screws to be removed. So try not to forget any components!

Power Supply
The two main reasons I've started making this PSU my de facto: it’s completely silent, even when the fan kicks in and the cabling is quality. I also added some braided cabling for the CPU, GPU and Motherboard to match the theme.

Case Fans
Fairly cheap fans with a simple look. They provide decent airflow, even at low RPMs, and are very quiet.

OS
A great OS. I use it at home and at work, so I went with it for uniformity reasons too.

Lighting
Just an NZXT 1m cable, affixed to a PCI bracket for easy access. What can I say..it's a light!

Watercooling
I spent around £300 on watercooling components, so not the most expensive in the world. But I think it still looks quite good. All components are nickel plated (where applicable).

Any queries, comments or critique - please let me know.

Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 12 points

Great deal you got on that GTX 770. I love black + white builds. +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 8 points

Sweet build! But don't leave it out in the yard too long. (It might end up breeding with some mongrel PC and you could end up with a litter of unwanted Raspberry pi's...) +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 5 points

Words really can't say how sexy this is. But, it's so beautiful and balanced!

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

That cable management. o_O

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

Amazing Build. Feeling cable envy with guys like you. Nice work.

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

It looks so clean, love that this liquid cooling setup.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

I would have still gotten a 970, as the price is very well worth it (in my opinion), but your build is gorgeous, so +1.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Brilliant sir!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

What tubing is that?

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

You, sir, are a champion. Performance and aesthetic wise, this build is amazing. GG +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

First PC I've seen cooled using milk, lol jk, very nice build :)

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  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Your build is making me starting to make a watercooling build, any tips for watercooling in this case? Awesome build BTW

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is easy to work with, you shouldn't have many issues. It is limited by its radiator support but you could probably get a 360 in the top with a minor mod.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

awesome build! clean and elegant look. How is the cooling with only a 240mm rad btw? Is it enough even under load?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. The cooling is fine. Only a minor overclock so far, but both CPU and GPU temps are below 30 idle. That's with the fans running at around 800 rpm. Under load is also fine, though I don't have specific numbers at the moment. I'll add them later.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Build. The 770 looks like it has the gigabyte cooler. +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Where's that GPU backplate at?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not really required - it's not a heavy card.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol, looks like some breast milk...Nice build too ;)

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Wonderful. I adore the parvum case... always have.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Gorgeous build. Excellent work.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Well done!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the first pic giving me a Bonner........

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, awesome build! where we can find this case?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

You can find it on Parvum Systems' website, or on Overclockers.co.uk.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

This is amazing, using this build for some inspiration to carry on and build my second rig.

Thanks a lot JasonUK!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my goodness @.@

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

hey hows the mobo doing. does it come with a fan and where do you install it as it is not the same as on the sabertooth and i can't find any videos on it

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The motherboard is fine. I didn't install the included fans, as I wanted it as silent as possible. But it should tell you how to install them in the manual.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you remove the camo on the side of the motherboard? Is it literally just a sticker?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I only spray painted the thermal armour. The camo design on the heatsink is still there, you just can't see it because of the GPU.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

In the top left of the motherboard there is also a camo design, is that a sticker?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure whether you can remove that or not.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah right, thanks anyway. I guess I'll get it and just hope. I may even do what you did and spray it.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the 770 from? It's literally half price. Was it second hand or open box or something? Where in the UK would you look for open box pc parts like this?

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

It was purchased second-hand on Gumtree, around when the 970 was just being released. So people were getting rid of them for ridiculous prices. Dabs is pretty good for open-box/used items, too:

http://www.dabs.com/used-stock

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Question: did your fingers hurt after tightening those EK compression fittings?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

I'm interested in using Plastidip to paint the Thermal Armor on a Sabertooth Z97. I have some questions regarding your Gryphon...

What was the process of applying the plastidip - How many coats? How light of a coat? How long between each coat? Any weird things I should watch out for?

Thank you!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

What was the process of applying the plastidip

Dismantle the armour (including PCI lane covers, etc). I didn't bother preparing in any other way e.g. sanding. Lightly spray from about 20cm away.

How many coats?

Around 3-4 light coats gave me the desired finish.

How long between each coat?

Roughly 20 minutes.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks you so much! I hope it will turn out at least half as good as yours! :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, where (or how did you make) did you get those wires? I 'm doing a black and white build and i dont really know what to look for...

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I usually make my own, but didn't have time in this instance. I bought these from a seller on eBay. I believe they are called 'shakmods'.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, i love your build by the way!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

That tubing going behind the cables is amazing

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet

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